CPG Hotels, one of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned and operated hotel groups, is expanding its portfolio with the acquisition of an iconic Hanmer Springs hotel which will re-open its doors before Christmas 2020.
Formerly the Hanmer Springs Heritage Hotel will now be called Hanmer Springs Hotel. Next year, the hotel will undergo a full refurbishment to transform it into a luxury five-star Fable Hotel Resorts and branded hotel.
CPG Hotels Group Operations Director, Ronnie Ronalde is delighted to bring back around 40 jobs to Hanmer Springs.
"This recent acquisition means we are able to breathe new life into the property. Hanmer Springs is a beautiful location surrounded by mountains and with its famous thermal hot springs, mountain biking and hiking. We are excited to be adding to the destination’s appeal for both local, and eventually international, visitors," said Ronalde.
"We have a fantastic chef coming on board who will work with our CPG Hotels Group Executive Chef Jinu Abraham to offer a very locally-sourced menu – hearty food with Jinu’s own unique twist."
A boutique brand, Fable was unveiled by CPG Hotels in July of this year and represents a move away from large-scale establishments, offering all guests 'full-service luxury' and tailor-made, personalised experiences.
The purchase of Hanmer Springs Heritage starts a new chapter for the hotel having been built in 1879 and serving as an 18-room wooden lodge. Since then, it has been used as a hospital in WW1 and seen the addition of a Spanish-style concrete building and the bell tower in 1932. In 1958, the original lodge was damaged in a fire.
The current owners are delighted to be selling this iconic hotel to CP Group as they know the plans are to reopen and start restoring and refurbishing the hotel to a 5-star luxury level under the new Fable brand.
Across nine hectares, there are 54 rooms, 16 of which are garden villas. Guests can also enjoy the tennis court, petanque piste and solar-heated outdoor pool. The hotel has been closed to guests since March of this year and its opening ahead of summer means it can welcome visitors keen on forest hiking, mountain biking, horse trekking, bungy jumping, golf and boating to name a few activities on offer.
The Hanmer Springs hotel will reopen on 21st December 2020, just in time for the summer holiday season.